Stockton North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 54°35′49″N 1°18′43″W / 54.597°N 1.312°W / 54.597; -1.312

Stockton North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Stockton North in Cleveland
Outline map
Location of Cleveland within England
CountyCounty Durham
Electorate65,023 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsStockton-on-Tees, Billingham, Wolviston, Port Clarence and Thorpe Thewles
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentAlex Cunningham (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromStockton-on-Tees
Overlaps
European Parliament constituencyNorth East England

Stockton North is a constituency[n 1] covering the town of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham and other nearby settlements in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees located north of the River Tees, represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Alex Cunningham, a member of the Labour Party.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Blue Hall, Charltons, Elm Tree, Glebe, Grange, Hardwick, Marsh House, Mile House, Newtown, Northfield, Norton, Portrack and Tilery, Roseworth, St Aidan's, St Cuthbert's, Whitton, and Wolveston.

1997-2010: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Blue Hall, Charltons, Glebe, Grange, Hardwick, Marsh House, Mile House, Newtown, Northfield, Norton, Portrack and Tilery, Roseworth, St Aidan's, St Cuthbert's, Whitton, and Wolviston.

2010–present: The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees wards of Billingham Central, Billingham East, Billingham North, Billingham South, Billingham West, Hardwick, Newtown, Northern Parishes, Norton North, Norton South, Norton West, Roseworth, Stockton Town Centre, and Western Parishes.

Stockton North consists of the north-eastern part of Stockton-on-Tees in County Durham and the nearby towns and villages of Billingham, Wolviston, Port Clarence and Thorpe Thewles.[2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, partially replacing the former Stockton-on-Tees constituency. The outgoing MP for Stockton-on-Tees was Bill Rodgers, who had held the seat since 1962. He had been a Labour Party member until 1981, when he left to found the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The 1983 election was the first since Rodgers had left the Labour Party, and he was narrowly defeated by Labour's Frank Cook. Cook held the seat with majorities between 16% and 48% until the 2010 general election, when after 27 years as the MP he was de-selected by his local party. Cook chose to run again however, as an independent candidate. Cook polled less than 5% of the vote, fifth of the seven candidates who stood, and joined four of these in forfeiting his deposit and the seat was held by the Labour Party's next candidate, Alex Cunningham.

Constituency profile[edit]

The town of Stockton on Tees is a significant exports manufacturing and processing base in the United Kingdom. Stockton North has often in economically troubled times significantly more unemployment than Stockton South: workless claimants, registered jobseekers, were in November 2012 significantly above the national average of 3.8%, at 7.0% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian compared to 4.5% in Stockton South.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Frank Cook Labour
2010 Alex Cunningham Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2017: Stockton North[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Cunningham[6] 24,304 56.9 Increase7.8
Conservative Mark Fletcher 15,589 36.5 Increase 8.5
UKIP Ted Strike 1,834 4.3 Decrease 14.9
Liberal Democrat Sarah Brown[7] 646 1.5 Decrease 0.7
Green Emma Robson 358 0.8 N/A
Majority 8,715 20.4 Decrease 0.7
Turnout 42,731 64.5 Increase 4.7
Labour hold Swing Decrease 0.3
General election 2015: Stockton North[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Cunningham 19,436 49.1 +6.3
Conservative Christopher Daniels 11,069 28.0 +2.0
UKIP Mandy Boylett 7,581 19.2 +15.2
Liberal Democrat Anthony Sycamore 884 2.2 −13.8
North East Party John Tait 601 1.5 +1.5
Majority 8,367 21.1 +4.2
Turnout 39,571 59.8 +1.2
Labour hold Swing +2.2
General election 2010: Stockton North[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alex Cunningham 16,923 42.8 −12.0
Conservative Ian Galletley 10,247 25.9 +4.7
Liberal Democrat Philip Latham 6,342 16.1 -2.6
BNP James MacPherson 1,724 4.4 +1.8
Independent Frank Cook 1,577 4.0 N/A
UKIP Gordon Parkin 1,556 3.9 +1.2
English Democrat Ian Saul 1,129 2.9 N/A
Majority 6,676 16.9 -17.2
Turnout 39,498 58.6 +0.5
Labour hold Swing -8.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Stockton North[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 20,012 54.9 -8.5
Conservative Harriett Baldwin 7,575 20.8 -1.3
Liberal Democrat Neil Hughes 6,869 18.9 +7.0
BNP Kevin Hughes 986 2.7 N/A
UKIP Gordon Parkin 986 2.7 N/A
Majority 12,439 34.1 -7.2
Turnout 36,428 57.6 +2.8
Labour hold Swing -3.6
General election 2001: Stockton North[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 22,470 63.4 -3.4
Conservative Amanda Vigar 7,823 22.1 +3.3
Liberal Democrat Mary Wallace 4,208 11.9 +1.0
Green Bill Wennington 926 2.6 N/A
Majority 14,647 41.3 −6.7
Turnout 35,427 54.8 −14.2
Labour hold Swing −3.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Stockton North[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 29,726 66.8 +14.5
Conservative Bryan Johnston 8,369 18.8 −13.9
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Fletcher 4,816 10.8 −3.2
Referendum Kevin McConnell 1,563 3.5 N/A
Majority 21,357 48.0 +28.4
Turnout 44,474 69.0 −7.8
Labour hold Swing +14.2
General election 1992: Stockton North[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 27,918 52.3 +3.2
Conservative Simon E Brocklebank-Fowler 17,444 32.7 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Fletcher 7,454 14.0 N/A
Independent Labour Ken McGarvey 550 1.0 N/A
Majority 10,474 19.6 +3.0
Turnout 53,366 76.8 +1.6
Labour hold Swing +1.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Stockton North[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 26,043 49.2 +12.1
Conservative David Faber 17,242 32.5 −0.8
Social Democratic Nicholas Bosanquet 9,712 18.3 −11.3
Majority 8,801 16.6 +12.80
Turnout 52,997 75.4 +5.1
Labour hold Swing +6.5
General election 1983: Stockton North[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Frank Cook 18,339 37.1 N/A
Conservative Harry Davies 16,469 33.3 N/A
Social Democratic Bill Rodgers 14,630 29.6 N/A
Majority 1,870 3.8 N/A
Turnout 49,438 70.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
References
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ 2010 post-revision map Greater London and metropolitan areas of England
  3. ^ Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 5)
  5. ^ "Stockton North". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Alex Cunningham Statement Regarding Upcoming Election". Alex Cunningham. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Stockton Liberal Democrat Candidates".
  8. ^ "Stockton North". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  9. ^ "UK General Election results May 2010". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.stockton.gov.uk/resources/council/14670/generalelectioninfo/statementpersonsnom.doc
  11. ^ "UK General Election results May 2005". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  12. ^ "UK General Election results 2001: Stockton North". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  13. ^ "UK General Election results 1997: Stockton North". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  14. ^ "UK General Election results April 1992". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  15. ^ "UK General Election results June 1987". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  16. ^ "UK General Election results June 1983". Richard Kimber's Political Science Resources. Retrieved 14 February 2011.

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